We may be research-intensive, but we also value simplicity. Before you dive into the details, check out 10 reasons why CGU may be the place for you.
It’s a hallmark of CGU. Faculty teach and conduct research across disciplines to look at problems in new ways. You gain insight by taking courses outside your field and even pursue advanced degrees by blending programs.
CGU offers the freedom to tailor your program to target your specific interests and widen your base of expertise. Your curriculum can be designed to best fulfill your intellectual needs and maximize your professional opportunities.
Being part of the highly reputable Claremont Colleges provides CGU students with access to superior resources and services. As a CGU student, you can take classes with many of the 550 faculty members in the colleges, make use of four libraries with more than two million volumes, and involve yourself in a host of affiliated organizations, programs, and institutes.
CGU faculty are widely recognized as leaders in their fields who bring the latest expertise into the classroom and conduct applied research that improves the world. They also work to nurture the next generation of leaders, building close, collaborative working relationships with students to help them develop their own professional reputation while still students.
We are purposefully small. With a median class size of 10, your professors are highly accessible. Because we are small, we are able to collaborate, to innovate, to stay current. And our commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity fosters interaction that leads to novel and creative answers to issues facing our world.
CGU offers a range of highly specialized programs that provide a strong base for customization. Our English, History, Fine Arts, Math, Psychology, Economics, and Political Science programs are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
Many of our academic programs are practice-based, so you start working in your field even as you're learning—through researching and publishing with leading faculty, completing internships, and participating in required practica. By graduation, you can show the world you know your field.
Practice-based learning means that the work you do here positions you to launch a meaningful career after graduation. You can immediately apply all you’ve learned to improve lives and transform the world.
Becoming a CGU student means that you are part of a network that positively impacts your studies and career. As a student, you are part of a collaborative learning cadre of peers and faculty mentors. A focus on practice-based learning engages you with a professional network even before you graduate. With an accomplished alumni network of more than 22,000 members worldwide and a supportive career development team, you have the tools to advance your career.
CGU is the only research-extensive university in the nation devoted entirely to graduate-level education. In most other graduate schools, professors are divided between undergraduate responsibilities and their graduate students. Here, your professors are “graduate only,” meaning they are dedicated only to you and to the highest levels of teaching, scholarship, and service. All of your peers are graduate level, and they are equally committed to the pursuit of knowledge. CGU student services are targeted specifically toward a graduate-only population, so you'll find robust resources for career development, rhetoric and writing, and training future faculty.
Situated on a 19-acre tree-filled campus, CGU is an easy walk to public transportation and to the heart of Claremont Village, home to a host of unique restaurants, boutiques, shopping, and nightlife. Our students benefit from the vitality and opportunity of all that Southern California has to offer. Extensive resources and potential employers are in close proximity, along with plenty of recreational activities, all under the glow of the California sun.